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THE ONTARIO READERS 

PRIMER 

AUTHORIZED BY 
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION 

TORONTO: 
-.4"T. EATON C[,M,*o 
'15-1 



PREFACE 

Ts PRIMER is simply a reading book. Besides 
modern matter it contains lessons which have 
long been accepted as attractive to children. 
Instruction in methodology is part of the pro- 
fessional training of every teacher in Ontario. 
Each teacher will, accordingly, adopt that 
method by which she feels she can do the most 
effective work. 



PRIMER 

Phonioe:--, K In. 



Phonics :-- t0 p, ee. 



PRIMER 

Phonioe :--c, , b. 



RIMER 

Sain cap sheep hop, 

nest This Nell lbod 

It is my cat. 

Who put her in ? 

Do you see this girl ? 

I have the little bell. 



How fast he runs!. 
He bas u nesÇin thê shed. 
Where is your cut ? 
She is asleep on the mat. 
Put ber in the shed. 
Run, cat I Run, rat I Run ! 
-- 
.Who is this girl ? 
It is Fan. 
Where is she ? 
She is at the topof the bill. 
She bas u red dress.  
r_ed the sun lSI. 
HOW 



PRIMER 
Where d.__o you lve, lttle rl ? 
:' :,  - . 
, « I live on a farm. 
<,.-,, What bave you 
 . ...oe... 
What bave you in your dish 
I bave eggs in it. 
Are they goose eggs 
They are hen's eggs. 
Where did you get them 
I got them in the nest. ' 
Where is the nest 
Itis in the grs., 

(For directions see Manual. ) 

How do you do ? 
Who are o' ? 
How are you ? 
What have you ? 

Phonioe :--ar, g. 



PRIMER 



Pat a c_ake, 
Pat a cake, 

Baker's man ; 
M_ake a cake, 
Make a cake, 
Fast as you ean. 

T_ake it and bake it 
And ma._rk it with B, 
And put it in the oven 
For mote_r and me. 

It fell o' the t.@le. 
It ça__nn_o_t t,!c. 
The hands are off. . 
The bëll is off, t_o_o_. 
Pic__k them up for me, Ben. I''7 \ 
Look at the big crack in the c.ase! 

Phonic9:--b, k. ck, . 



PRIMER 

Here is my home_. 
liy little garden is at the back. 
I hoe and rake in my ga!'den. 
One day I bçoke my hoe. 
I had to get the spade. 
.F] .... l , l «« 
These e my dogs, D#ne and Rover. 
Here, Dane! Here, RoverI 
Rover stole a bone off the table. 
He ran to the garden th it. 
He dug a hole at the foot 
of the rose bush. 
He put the bgne in the hole. 
Dane cgme and dug it up. 
Pho ..  



7 

This is our flag. 
It is the Union Jack. 
There are JJare_e__e crosses on it. 
Can you ste thcm ? 
The flag is red, white, and blue. 
The red says : "B,e bra__ve!" 
The white says: "Be pure " 
The blue says : "Be trucl" 
Do you like our flag? " 
I like it best of all the fiags. 
Can you find another one in 
this book ? 
Phonioe :, . 



 PRIMER 
I '' ('o oeetio,  -.) 
Put the slate in thc bag. 
Put rive bo2ks under the tble. 
Put your hand on the papcr. 

Did you ever see a store?, 
Did you eve_r get a letter? 
Did you ever find a knife ? 
Naine nine trees. 
Make a line with a ruler. 
Find a copper on my desk. 

Ha«, you ever m_a, de a tire 
Have you ever seen a silver cup 
Have you ev.ç.r ruade paste ? 

Who can make seven dots ? 
Who tan see something white ? 
Who has on something blpe ? 
Who has a sister or a brother ? 

Phonics :v, er. 



PRIMER 

' This little pig went to market. ' 
This little pig sted at hpme. 
This little pig had r2ast be_ef. 

This little pig had n_one. 
This little pig said : 
"Wee, w," 
All the w.ay home. 

Rain, tain, go awa_., 
Corne agajn some oth.er da% 
Little Tommy wants to play 
In the meadow on the ly. 
If is too wet to play in the 
meadow to-day. 
Ray will pla train wit_h him in 
the bru'n. 
Phonics:--w, ws, , ai._. 



PRIMER 

Look at the bird 
by the bench. 
Baby wants if. 
H e has a pinc_h 
of sait to put 
on its ta_il. 

Can he catç_h it that wa ? 
. ._: = .... -,--- t/_ ' 
.-- .:  
Have you a b!, Fred ? 
Yes, but it is a smal one. 
Where is it ? 
K is on the chair in the hall. 
Get it and let us have a gme. 
Pitçh it aganst the wall 
Here, Wat@ I Catch it as it fls. 
Phonioe :ch, tch, a fore K 



PRIMER 



i PRIMER 

I must ïe.£.ed my hens. 
Toby, you ma_2- eome with me. 
Chiek I Chie_k I 
See them run! 
Biddy, here is eo_/'n for you. 
Toby, don't run at the hens. 
Stop that! Do you he_.ar? 
They are afraid of you. 
Stop it, you silly dogI 
Now my dish is empty. 
Do you want some mor.e ? 
Normn will get it fg..r you. 



PRI]M:ER 

Hello, old doggie! I hve crept out 
to tulk to you. 
Let me hold your pw. 
Now say" "How do you do." 
You look so wise, you should tlk. 
When I tell you to whisper, 
you just brk. 
You never whine nor howl. 
You re  good dog. 
Where did you get your white nose ? 
My kitty has  white nose, too. 
What makes your nose so eold ? 
Why can't you talk to me ? 
Phoi "---wh.  (withou]; final ,). 



PRIMER 

_-- -- _-.---- :  «-  ",w" / I i '%' 
Bang, bang l Clang, clang! 
Hear the gongl 
t]ere corne the tire reels. 

The bells are ringing. 
See the people running! 
They are shouting, too. 
What is the matter ? 
Don't you know ? If is a tire. 

Hurry, hurryI Noise and flurry! 
Hear the tire bells ring l 
To some a sport, to most a fear, 
A tire is a terrible thing. 
Phonics :--ng. 



PRIMER 25 

Good-niorning, 
Mr. Toadl 
What are )'ou doing 
on the road ? 
Are you catching 
fiies? 

Show nie how )'(u do it. 
Do you hrow out your fougue 
and lick thcm up ? 
If I stoop down low, can I see 
into your thro.o_at ? 
I like you in my garden. 
You e._Lat q) so many grubs. 
Is that your hole over there 
by the old willow tree? 
What do you do when the 
? 
ShOW COllleS . /___ 

Phonics :--oa, ow. 



PRIMER 

WHAT IS MY NAME 

I live in the woods. I eat nuts. 
I ara hot , bird. 
I ara not a tree. I run up trees. 
I have  bushy tail. 

ara yellow, 
but I ara not u bird. 
ara round, 
but I am hot a ball. 
taste sweet, 
but I ara hot sugar. 
grew on u tree far away, 
but I ara not a nut. 

I have u strong b_e__ak. 
Sheep fe__ar me. I stea_._l the lambs. 
It is not esy to reach nly nest. 
I scr_ea_m but I cannot sp.eak. 
Phonics :--a. 



PRIMER 

How w'ell these boys marchl 
Do you see Roy's flag ? 
Jim bas a drum and a toy gun. 
Roy will hoist his flag, 
and Jim will beat the drum. 
They enjoy making a noise. 

» My kitty's fur is soft. 
Hear her purr. 
I never stroke her the wrong way, 
for that hurts her. 
I had to teach ber to leave the 
little birds alone. 
At first, she chased them when 
she heard them chirp. 
Phonics:--oy, oi, ir, ur, 



PRIMER 
One, two, thrce, four little ducks, 
and two little chiekens. 

Another little duck quacks: 
" Hear me talk!" 

Another little duck,quacks: . /. 
me walk" 
" Sec . 
• , .,.,,.,, ,-.,,.!.,..,. 
Another little duek quaeks : 
"Wateh me swim !" v 
And one little ehieken peeps: 
' Don't go in!" 



]=Ish  by 
On thê tree toi» ,  1 
When the vind blovs 
The cradle will rock. 

When the bough breaks 
The cradle will fall, 
Down tuln|)les baby, 
Bough, eradle, and ail. 

The cradle is on the tree top. 
The wind will rock the cradle. 
The wind will break the bough. 
Down tumbles baby and cradle. 
Down tumbles bough and ail. 



PRIMER 
THE LITTLE RED HEN 
The ]ittle red hen round a grain of 
wheat. 
"Who will plant this grain ? " said 
the hen. 
"lot I," said Che goose. 
" Then, I will," said the little hen, 
and she planted the grain. 
" Who will water the grain ?" said 
the little red hen. ï 
"Not I," said the goose. 
"ot I," said the cat. " 
"ot I, said the dog. 
"I will, then," said the little red 
hen, and she watered it. 
When thè wheat was ripe, the litfle 
hen said : "Who will grind this 
wheat ?" 
":Not I," said the goose. 



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":Not I," said the cat.  
"R-ot I," said the dog. 
" Then, I wilL grind the 
wheat," said the hen, c 
and she did it. 
"Who will make this flour into 
cakes ?" said the little red hen. 
"lot I," said the goose. 
":hot I," said the car. 
":hot I," said the dog. 
"Then, I will," said the hen, and 
she baked the cakes. 
":how, who will eat these cakes ?" 
said the hen. 
"I will," said the goose. 
"I will," said the cat.  
"I will," said the dog. 
":No, I will," said the litfle hen, and 
she ate all the cakes. 



PRIMER 

A QUEER GENT 

This old man sells eandy. 
One day Fl'ank took baby to him. 
,qhe gave him two cents. 
He gave her some pink eandy. 
qhe said" "Thank you!'" 
'ext dav we mis.sed babv. 
We looked every place for ber. 
We round her on the street. 
he had ber wax doll with her. 
"Bal)y! where are you going?" said I. 
Phoniee :--nk, c (soit), x. 



PRIM, 
• 'To get candy," said the I)aby. 
" Why do you take your doll ?" 
" Dolly wants candy, too." 
" But you have no nloney." 
"Yes ! yes ! see my big cent." 
What do you think she had ? 
Why, a big button ! 
Wasn't she a funny baby? t 

THE SUN 

Yiigh up in the sky 
Shines the great sun, 
Shines for the children, 
Sees every ont. 

Shine, sun; kind sun, 
Give us light to-day. 
-Shine on the children, 
Slnile on the children, 
While they work and play. 



34 

PRIMER 

He saw and heard old 
Santa Claus, 
Then he ran across the floor 

Phonics :--au, aw. 



PRIMER 35 

And suid: "Just let me try, 
because 
I'm sure I cau put iu more." 
Old Sauta Claus laughed and 
shook his head, 
"You cauuot do it I kuow;" 
But mousie gnawed and guawed 
and gnuwed 
And put a hole in the toe. 

Little Jack Horner 
• 
Sat ln a corner, 
Eating Christmas pie; 
He put in his thumb 
And pulled out a pluml 
And said: î -ï - 
"What a good boy ara I." 



36 PRIMER 

HUMPTY DUMPTY 

Mother, see that funny picture. 
Please tell me the story. 

"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, 
HuInpty Dumpty had a great fa[l. 
All the King's horses, 
And all the King's men, 
Couldn't pick Humpty Dumpty 
up again." 

Please tell me the story again. 
:Now I can say if. Yes, I tan say 
it all. 



PP,+ï'X+'l  a7 
• 'HumPtY Dumpty sat on the wall, 
Humpty Dumpty had a great fallu" 
Mother, who was Humpty Dumpty? 
Bob says he was an egg. 
Was he, Mother ?  

THE UMBRELLA 
 The rein is mining all around, 
It falls on field and tree, 
It rains on the umbrellashe.re, 
And on the ships at sea.  

It is raining all around, 
Who has an umbrella ? 
./t/./ ,' 
I 
/ /. // 
"I hae," said the lark; 
And he flew under a leaï. t 



38 PRIMER 

" I have," said the sper ; 
And he crept under a stone. 
.// 
• 
" I have," said the bee; 
And he went into a fiower bell. 
" I don't wunt one," said the goose ; 
And she mn out to the rein. 



PRIMER 39 

"Good-morning, little Bird," aid 
Pussy. 
" Good-morning, Pussy," said the 
little Bird. 
"Will you fly down to me, little 
Bird ?" said Pussy. 
"Why should I fly down to you ?" 
said the little Bird. 
"I like u little Bird for my break- 
fast,"-said Pussy. 
"A little B ird does hot like to 
be a breakfast for u Pussy," said the 
Bird, and away he flew. \ 



THE DUCKS AND THE FROGS 

The ducks were out on the river 
diving for food. Some frogs saw 
them. 
"What funny things ducks are l" 
said one frog. " Yes, they bave 
only two legs," said another frog. 
"Good-day, Mrs. Duck," said 
another. " Is your home in the 
water ?" 
"No, indeed," said Mrs. Duck. 
"Our home is at the fhrm. We 
bave a bouse there. Our Mistress 
ruade it tbr us." 



PRIMER -  41 

"Why didshe make you  house ?" 
said the fi'og. " She never ruade 
one for us." 
"Why, we lay eggs for hcr," said 
Mrs. Duck. 
"Well, we lay ««¢ too," said the 
frog. 
" You lay your eggs in the water," 
said Mrs. Duek, "but we lay ours in 
our house. Men like to ea our 
eggs, but they do no eare for 
yours. 
" What funny things men are 
said the ïrog, as the duek swam 
away. 
"How lueky for us thag they are !" 
said another frog, as he dived from 
he bank. 



PRIMER 

'  THE DOG IN THE MANGER 

One hot duy in summer u big dog 
went into u stable. 
He saw u manger full of soft hay. 
tte crept into it and fell asleep. 
An ox who had been working 
hard came into the stable. He was 
tired and hungry. He went to the 
manger to eat, but the dog growle.d 
at him. 
" Do you want to eut the hay ?" 
asked the ox. 



PRIMER 4 
":No," growled the dog, "I can't 
eat hay." 
"Then let me eat if," said the ox. 
"I will not," said the dog. 
" What a mean dog you are " 
said the ox. "You can't eat if, and 
yet you will let no ont else 
have if." 

Jack and Jill 
Went up the hill 
To get a pail of water; 
Jack fell down 

And broke his crown, 

And 
Jill 
came 
tumbling 
af ter. 



44 PRIMER 

THE REINDEER 

Bob and Bess were at the Zoo. 
"Look at the horns of that 
anima|," said Bess. 
"I never saw that animal before," 
said Bob. 
"I wonder what it is," said Bess. 
"Let us ask her," said Bob ; and 
they did.  
" ] ara a Reindeer," she sa[d. 
" Where did you corne from ?" 
asked Bess. 



 45 
 "I was bp_rn in a c_ql.d co_untry 
where there is much SHOW. You 
ma_.y have heard of Lp_n.._o " .-" 
--F" What use are you ?" ask_.e ]o..b_. 
"In my la_n__d. I draw my mast_.er's 
sle_d."  
" She is a kind of hor_se," wh.js- 
pered 
"I give rich milk for the chil- 
dreni,  

"She is , knd of cow," whispered 
Bob. 

"It is flore me that my mastcr 
gets his clothing.'---.. 
«" Why, she 1.st be u kind of 
sh_e_ep," whis_pered Be's. 
-.;' I must go n_w. into the shaz]e. 
of the trees. Your land is too 
warm for me I" said the Reindeer. 



46 PRIMER 

THE CRO¢ AND THE PITCHER 

Once a crow was very thirsty. 
I-te round a pitcher with some water 
in it. 
The water was so low he could hot 
reach it with his bill. Then at last 
he thought.of a way.,: 
He d_roppcd a 
small stone into 
the pitcher. Then 
he dropped in an- 
other stone. He saw  
the water rising. 
He went on dropping stones into 
the pitcher for-some tié: 
At last the çva_er ros_e near to 
the top. Thenthe crow d_ra_uk all 

he wanted. He was a wise old 
erOWo 



PRIMER 
THE HOUSE 

There on_ce was a mouse 
Who lived in a shoe, 
And a snug little bouse 
He ruade of it, too; 
He had a front door 
To take in the cheese, 
And a hole in the toe 
To slip out, if you please. 

There are roses 
that gr.ow on a vi.ne, 
There are roses 
that grow on a tree, 
ut my !itt.le Rose" 
grows on ten little toes, 
hnd she is the rose for me. 



PRIMER 

THE STORY OF HENNY PENNY 

Henny Penny was walking in a 
gardè. A che.rry fell 
on ber head, with a thud. 
"Thc sk is falli__ng,"  
said Henny Pelmy, "I 
must run and tell the King." 
As she tan, she met u Rooster, 
who said "Where are )'ou gong. 
. Henny Penny ?" 
i And she cried: "'0h, 
Rooster Poorl the 
sky is falling, and I 

Pooster.  
So they tan and tan 
till they met u Ttrkey. 
« Oh, Turkey Lurkey I" 

ara going to tell thc King." 
"I will go, too," said Rooster 



said they, "the sky is falling, and 
we are going to tell the King." 
• 'I will go with you," said Turkey 
Lurkey. 
So they ra_n and tan till they met 
• ,, ":- _ ,,'" . . ç 
"-Oh. Fox LoxI" ' ' ': ' 
said they, "the sky is falling, and 
we are going to tell the King." 
And the Fox said : " Corne with 
me Henny Penny, Rooster Pooster, 
and Turkey Lurkey. I will show 
you the way to thc King's house." 
But they said : " Oh, no; Fox 
Lox, we know you. We will hot 
go with you." 
So they tan and tan, but they 
never found the King's house. 
And the King never'knew the 
sky was falfing. _. 



50 PRIMER 

A LITTLE ELF 
A little elf   
Sat on  tree_; '  
leaves 
He painted 
To throw at me 
Leaves of yellow , 
And leaves of red, 
C_ame falling down upon my head. 
Now Bunny White 
Ànd Bùnny .Brown W.alkcd out to see 
The leaves fa,ll dow...._n. 
But Mr. Red Fox, keen and 
Sw these two Bunnies.. 
Vassing by; ' 
He chas-e, them home. ):ï2'" • 
How they did run! 
The little elf-lughed 
To see thë fun. 



PRIMER 

This is the hou___se, ,:#/ 
That JackoE buiJt.  
This is the malt,  
That lay in thé house, 
That Jack built.  

This is the rat, 
That ate the malt, 
That lay in the house, 
That Jack built. 

This is the car, 
That caught the rat, 
That arc the ruait, 
That lay in the bouse, 
That Jack built. 



52 PRIMER 

WISHES 
Said the tirst little chicken, 
• 
With a sad little slgh, 
"1 wish I could find 
A little fat fly." 

Said the fourth little chicken, 
.--  With a small sigh of grief, 
'.=,..'_._." I wish I could fin« - 
çç. . ,, 
«,,.«.,.<A fat wo)m on a leaf. 



PRIMER 

"See here," said the mother, 
From he gr__een garden-patch, 
"If you fant thjngs to_eat, 
Just corne here and scratch." 

GUESS 

I have u little s_ist:cr, 
They càll her Peel)-Pee p. 
She wa_des in thc water, 
Deep, deel) , dcep. 

She climbs u 1) the lnountain,  
Hih, high, high.- 
My poor little sister - -ï--k 
Has but one eye. --, 



54 

PRIlIEtl 
LITTLE BO-PEEP 

Bo-Peel» was sent 
to mLnd the sheep.,'¢(--] 
there in the . 
She sat down under 
began to nod, and 
nod, and nod. She fell asleep. 
The shcep flcd up the field, over 
the bill, and out of sight« 
When Bo-Peep awokc she could 
hot ste the sheep. She could hot 
hear them. She ran across the 
field, but could hot find them. 
Then some one begau fo 
" Little Bo-Peep has lost ber sheep, 
And can't tcll where to find them; 
Lcave them alone and they'll corne 
holll e  



PRIMER 55 
And brg their tils behind them." 
 Bo-Peep was glad to hear this. 
She was so tired that she sat down 
to r., and 
"Little Bo-Peep fell fast_ a.sleep, 
And dreamed she heard them 
bleating ; 
But when she uwoke she round it a 
ke, 
For still they ull were fleeting. 
Then up she too her little crook, 
And away she went to find them; 
She f them, indeed, but it 
ruade her he bleed, 
For they'd left their tajla behind 
them." 



56 

PRIMER 
_ .I' 

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD 

Wen to the upboard 
To get her pooE---dg  bone; 
But when she came there, 
The cupboard was 12_a!'e , 
And so the poor dog had none 
To by him a hat, 
But when she came back, 
He was feeding the cat - 



PRIMER 50 

She went to the t 
To  him a c2t; 
But when she ca.._e 
He was  a o9. 
The dame mad...__e a cu_y, 
The dog ruade , bow; 
Tho .d:mc said" "Your s_ervant," 
The dog said" "Bow-wow." 



58 PRIMER 

A SECRET 

We have a secret, just we t:._:hree, 
The b__i)), and I, and the swfl_et 
e=he..Erry tree; 
The bird told the tree, and the tree 
told me, 
And nobody knows it but j_us_t we 
three.. 
But, of cgu2"se,the robin knows it 
b_c_st, 
Because she built the--I shan't tell 
the test ; 
And laid the four little--somethings 
in it-- 
I ara afr.a.jd. I shall tell if every 
minute. 



PRIMER 

There was o,!t.ce 
a man who had a 
go.q.q.ose. She ld 
an e¢ïg every day. 
One  she laid 
a  egg 
The man went 

to to_wn and spl 
the egg. Nex'' day the goose laid 
ano___the_r goên egg:. 

"-ifç," said the man, "we shall 
not be p_oor any more." 
Every day he round a golden cgg 
and sold it. Soon he was hot con- 
tent with this. 
".V_fe," said he, "I shall kill this 
o and get all the e.gg at once." 
So he  her, but he .f_9_tp_ld.alO 
golden eggs. The g man 
would hot let well enough 



60 IIMER 

ROBIN REDBREAST 

It was ç_arly in the mornin,and 
Robin sat on the tree top. 
"Che_er-up, ehee2"-up ! eh_eer-up, 
eheer-up !" he spg. 
The old cat heard hiln and 
undcr the tree. She called soït«ly: 

" Robin, Robiu Redbreast, 
Singing Oll the bou;gh, 
Corne and get your breakfast, 
I will feed you llOW." 

"Tut tut! Tut tut!" said Robin. 



PRIMEI 

"No, no, Mrs. Pus._.__s. I saw you 
_ca._tch a mouse yesterday, but you 
shall hot catch me. 
« Then thè car tan away to the 
 to look for another breakfast. 
Just then a littlc gl came out to 
hear Robin singing his so_.ug. She 
th:ew bre__ad crumbs under the tree 

mï said: 

" Robin, Robin Redbreast, 
g oa the bough, 
Corne and get yor breakfast. 
I will fçed. you now.ï 
"Cheer-uD, cheer«ip! cheer-up, 
heup !"  Robi.. This was 
s way of saying: "T..hank you ! 
Thank' you [" 
He   and had all the 
breakfast he could e. 



62 

PRIMER 
THE GINGERBREAD BOY 

Once there was a little old man, 
and a little old wolnan. They lived 
in a little old house. 
The old .'omaoE ..d_de ginger- 
bread eakes-..   -£ 
boy. he 1)ut it ( // 
When she N»en the oven door, 
out jtped the Gingerbread Boy 
and away he tan. 
çhe little old m tan after him, 
but he eould hot catch him. 
The Grbre[l Boy met a big 
mn on the oad. He said" "I 



PRIMER 
have ru: away from the little old 
_. I can ru,, away from you, 
The big mu ran after him, but 
ho could hot-catch him. 
The Gingerbread Boy met a o.._w. 
He sa, d" "I bave rm awav from a 
little old woman and a bi nmn. I 
can run away ff'oto you, too. Yes, 
I can.ï 
The ço.w ran after him, but she 
could hot catch him. 
Soon the Gingerbrcad Boy met 
a dog. He sa,d" " I bave run 
away ri'oto a little old wo[nan, a big 
man, and a cow. I ca, run away 
ff'oto you, too. Yes, I 
Then the dog tan after him. 
The dog ran very ft and caught 



PRIMER 

the Gingerbread Boy. He began 
to eat him. 
Thc Gingcrbread Boy said" 
" Oh, dear ! my !e's are gon._e ! 
Oh, dear! my arms are gone ! 
Oh, dear! my b..__y is go.ae I 
Oh, dcar! -I ara all go_e ! " 
And he never spoke again. 

Forget and fojgivb. 
East, west, home is best. 



PRIMER 65 

THE BEE 

B Buzzl This is the so_n_g of 
the ])..e_.e, 
His legs are of v_el_low a jo_lly good 
w, 
And yet a g:ze.t_.worker is he, 1, 

In da that are ._un_ny 
He's making his h.oy, 
In days that are cloudy 
He's makinu his wax. 

Bees don't  
al)o.t thc ShOW ; 
I can tell you _wh__ 
that's so ; 
Once I çaut  
a  bee 
Who was m.u.L  too w_.ar 
for me. 



66 PRIMER 

You ma 3" hear me call, 
but no one has êver seen me. 
fly kites for boys. 
play with the lea_.g.. 
ç3tTe the  of p 
rock the bir,l in her nest. 
more elo3jds acro» tge sky. 
tosa s-n thê s_ea. 
o ara I ?  
Lie Fi¢ blow ou the hilltop ; 
Litle wind blow down the p. 
Little wind ])low up the sunshine - 
fa" . 
Little wind blow off the  



PRIMER 67 

THE NORTH WIND DOTH BLOW 

The north w.itl blow, 
d w é hll n,_. 
And wht wil.._l the roin do thon ? 

The north wi2d doth blow, 
And we shall have snov, 
And what vill the honev-bee do ? 
.. • .---../-.-ç , . 
Poor thm<I 
ç .... ,. 
In hs e he wlll , 
Till the snow's e , 
And  he'll ce out in the 
sprint, 
Poor  I, 



68 

PRIMER 

LITTLE BOY BLUE 

" Good-2_ sir. Do you 
want , boy ? " 
'" Indeed I do," said the frmer. 
"I want  boy to wat.cl/ my cows 
and ecp." 
" 0h, Idot, said the boy. 
" Are you sure you can ? " 
"Yes, s, if you tell me  
what I ara to do."  
"Do hot let the s go into 
the ow, and do hot let the cows 



PRIMER 69 
go into the c..%r2," said the .f. 
" I will watch them, sir." 
":Now I bave to go to town," said 
the farmer. " If any of them  
to go away, just blow this ho., and 
they will corne back." 
"I will, si.r" said the boy. 
The farmer went to tw_a, and 
the boy watched the cows and 
sheep. :Nonc  to go away. 
It was a  day. The ljttle 
boy'sat down by a haystack. His 
eyes would hot stay ol»n , and he 
soon fell . 
The farmer came back at noon. 
The cows were i the corn, and the 
sheep in the meadow. But whcre 
was the boy ? 



70 PRIMER 

Then the farmer called: 

" Little Boy B,. 
Corne blo=y: your horn, 
The sheep are in the meadow, 
The cows are in the corn." 

But the boy sl_).t on. 
"Wife !" called the 
"where is Little Boy tboE ?" 

fariner, 

She said" " He is under the 
ha.y las ,sleep." 
Then the fbrmer went to the 

haystack and called" 

" Little Boy Blue, 
Corne blow your horn." 

The boy !e_l?e d up. He blev a: 
bi_pst on his horn and the sheep and 
cows ail tan back to him. 
He was very s_orry for his ïa_u.lt:_ 



PRIMER 71 

TEASING 

(A DialogUe) 
Give me my ap.c. 
Say " Ple.,_.__." 
I won't say "Please." 
Say " Please." 
It is my apple. I w.w.&ant it. 
Say " Please." 
Don't te,,e. Give me my apple. 
Say " Please," and bc )oli.e. 
I don't want to bc 
• 
Say "Please " to plcasc me. 
But you arc hot pleasing 
Then say "Plce"-l'ccause 
it's rig.ht to say "Please." 
Please gi},e me my apple. 
Rigbt  Herc it is. 

 live well than .lo.2 . 



72 PRIMER 

THE RATS AND THE EGG 

One da,v two rats wcre eatin an 
ee, in a ---field" They saw a fox 
eomig towards them. 
" The fox wiil eat out e«," said 
one rat. 
" The fox will eat us, too, if we 
stay here," said the other rat. 
': Now, what shall we do '?" said 
both ras. 
One rat lty down on his l?.k_ and 
the, other rat plaeed the egg 



PRIMER 73 

betwee his feet. Then ho took 
hold of his  tai.l and dre...__.w 
him fo the barn as fast as he could. 
The fo&x was  to corne to 
the ba_y_, and the rats had a good 
story to tell to their fri_.ends 

NONSENSE VERSES 

Hicklry, dicko,'y, dock 
The mouse ,- u 1) thc cloek ; 
The cÏôock Stl'UCJ£ one, 
The mouse l'all down; 
Hickory, dickory, dock. 

If ail the world were apple »le, 
And ail e se.....a werc"ïn_k,'« 
And all the "trees were brcad and 
c heese, 
What should we have for ? 



Now the boy calls" " So. l.m. soi 
Did you think I wo]d, hot c ? " 
And she answes" "' M - m - m.'" 
As he le off 12ward home.ç 

There be mil_ th, goo,! old cow, 
Ad she fi..ll. the lg )ail 
Milk for b.ur, e.heese, and eream, 
Sh will g...e and never _..Ihil- 



PRIMER 
A litt|e boy was  
Upon his " 
That the lfell out 
of all the stars, 
And the tars fell 
into his cap. 

75 

So when his dream was over, 
What did that little boy 
He went and looked in,idc b,.'s cap, 
And 

Little _Miss 
She sat or, a. , 
;a.tin_._g of ¢ata:às and 
-There le a ]lack 
And sat down ] ber, 
And :.ig_hte_n_e_çl, Miss Muffet away. 



76 

PRIMER 

THE LIO.'ç AND THE MOUSE 

One day a 1i_o.2 lay aslel ) in the 
woo.ds. A n} °use'-m by ch.a_n_cc,_. _ tan 
over his nose. 
The liol was about to eat him, 
but the mouse b_e_ggcd ha__rd for his 
lire. 
" If you will let me go," he said, 
" I shall nyer fO.l.'_gCt you. Some 
day I may be able to he_.lp you." 
The lion smilcd. "Run away, 
little mouse," said he, " I shall not 
_hurt you." 



PRIMER 77 

Some days later h_:unter_s put a net 
in the lion's pa_.th. He fell into the 
net and could not free himself. 
The mouse heard him roar, and 
Otl " 
tan to him. " I will help y , 
said the mouse, and he began to 
gI..__ the rois. 
It was hard w..or__.k and slow, but 
at la.st the ropes f.ell apart and the 
lion was ïoee.  
"How can I relLa 5 you for what 
you have done ?" suid the lion. 
" You sAd my lire one doEv," 
said the mouse. " I ara «lad that 
I have been able,, to save yours.:' 

F'__st star l've s2e_n _t-night ; 
Wish I DAY, wish I mi_g.ht 
oEç the wish I wis_h to__-night. 



78 

PRIMER 
THE TOWN MUICIANS 

The donkey was ohl, and his 
toaster was-about to sel.._.l him. 
" I shall hot be sold," said the 
donkey. " I will run away to ot.9.y 
and join the hand." 
He met a dog upou the 
" Comc with me to town and j._oin 
the .," said he. " You tan 
the d!'tm.':". , 
"Al| .right," said the dog. 
They lnet an 9hl cat by the way. 
Corne with usând $1p to make 
music," said they. "Wc bave h.c.a..r 
you si.n.g." 
"All right," said the cat. 
Farther tre, they met a _r99._ster. 
'" Corne along and jo!_.n our band," 
saisi they. 



PRIMER 79 

"All right," said the rooster. 
At t they came to a 
housse in the woods. The donkey 
loo'ô"cd in through the hi.h w.iw 
He saw robber,s  r. 
" I ara so huuv ' said the cat. 
• ' Let us chie the robbers away," 
said the rpostcr. 
"IIow shall we do it ?" said the 
donkcy. . 
• ' Let us fri«htc lheln," said the 
dog. __ 
The do{kc- put his feet Ul)On 
thc sl: of ihe -. Thc dog 
cli nte( upon his 1)ack. Thc cat 
climhad upon the dog's back. The 
rooster I!ew up and stood upon 
,.. 
the cat's he All lookcd in 
t_h!'ou._.._ ,h the wiadow. , 



80 PRIMER 

Then they sang 
together with all 
their mi.ht. The 
donkey b.'ed, the 
dog b .o,ed, the cat 
mew d, and the 
roostcr crowed. It 
was a dreadful noise; 
It scare the rob- 
bers, who tan away 
as .fas.._t as they could 

The fou..._fr f sat do.2y_9 to 
s.u_l)Jr and eat what the robbers 
had left. Then they put out the 
li_g.hts and - 
An h_r later one robber came 

back. He t._ried to ligh._:t, a cudle 
at the doals in the .firel)l_a_cç: The 
cool were the cat's eyes. She 



PRIMER 81 

scratched him, the dog bit him, 
the donkey kicke.d him, and the 
rooster  àt him. 
He ran away at the top of his 
speed. He told the robbers that 
he was never so scared in his life. 
This ruade them all afraid, and they 
never came back. 
So the four fi'iends ruade a home 
for themselves in that housc, and 
never went to town. 

THE DANDELION 
. What do you do all day ? " 
"I just wai_...t here in the long 
gr:s 
Ti the child'ep corne o ply." 



" 0 dandelion, yellow as gold, 
What do you do all night ?" 
"I wait and wait till the cool dew 
And my hai._r is long and w 
"What do you do when your hair 
grows white 
And he children corne to lay ?" 
hey ta..ke me up in their .d 
hands 
And blow my hair away." 



PRIMER 83 

A DIALOGUE 
'Gwhat is in my poc__ket. 
Tell me, won't you ? 
":No, you must gu_ess. _]__ 
Who gave it fo you ? 
«( 570 one gave it to me. 
Where did you b___uy it ? 
I didn't buy it.- 
What  is it ? 
It has no colour. 
Is it h or f] ? 
It is neither hard nor sort. 
Is it lig_ht or heavy ? 
It is neither li_ghnor .hea_. 
Well, what is it o for 
It is good for notg. 
I can't guess it. 
Do you give it up ? 
Yes, what is if ? 
It's a hole. 



84 PRIMER 

 MOSAM, THE AFRICAN BABY 

H ere is a little black baby. His 
home is in a hot land called Africa. 
He has ri black eyes and 
oo_lly hair. His ilaer cuts off 
most of his hair, but SOlne is,[.çï£ on 
the top of his hea..d. 

FIis cradle is a 
soE:lge one 
It is a  of 
cloth over his 
mother's shoulder 
and .u$.d.e ber 
arm. He sits in 

this strip while she is at ,wk. 
So 2.k,nes she puts him in tbe 
ls._k_ on her b..a..e._k. Then you ean 
s.t. see the top of his woolly head 
a_by.a_t h e basket. 



PRIMER 85 

He-does not wr such c, loEh. 
as you do. He wears only  bund 
of cloth about his waist. 
His home is a hut ruade of 
ba_rk and gr,,.. It has no o._. 
There are two doors--one at the 
 the other at the bck of the 
but. 
He has no }, and wîll not go 
to  when he is as old as you. 
He will  to hu._&nt and fi,h with 
his fat,.r. 



86 PRIMER 

Have you ever seen u bird like 
this ? It is u sto_rk. There are mauy 
of them in Holland where little 
Hans.lives. 
0ne bui._lt its ne,,_st on the r. of 
Hans' _ho_p.me. It was u rg&t  

and he:.4 it e._v£dg.dayoE 
When .cold wet.- cornes, birds 
fly awuy to e it is wa_L.rm in 
wter. Hans knew his pet would 
make its winter home in the wa._rm 
o. He hped, some boy there 
would be ind toit. 



PRIMER 87 

So he &g.Le a LL2Le and J, iask if 
to the bird's neek. The note said- 
"Please take e of my tork. 
Send it baek to me  s)4g.' g.'" " 
«Winter came, and the stork 
south. When the warm davs êame 
again, Hans d Ibr his bird 
fri_.. At las__£t he saw it eoming, 
and it had 
Hans 
theletter. It said: «We eared for 
your stork, and now we send it baek. 
The little e 
want books. Can you help them?" 
Hans and his Iither ruade up 
box of books and sent them to the 
little people in the Mnter home of 
the stork.-' 



88 PRIMER 

 GAh_N 
Tom sut bcfore the g_ute, reud- 
ing. "I wish I could see  giant 
like those in this book," suid } .. 
" I m one," sud  voice i, the  
grate. " Somccs I ara no gger  
tm the head of u match. Soîne- 
times I ara so big that it tkes  
men to ht me -- 
Whn lllell trol. me, I help 
them. I can t , l eggs, 
uud bake brçad. With lny help, 
men can ake bricks and  and 
• .uives.  
When llell let me go 92, I 
pften destr s and buoe'noe and 
9, d K en big  
_" is the qnly thing I ara 
draid of. Now, who mn I ?" 



PRIMER 89 

HE LARK'S YOUNG ONES 
A 1. ruade her nest in a  
.-]-" Bççore the young oncs were 
 to fiy thcy m'd the 
sa)" " This wheat is lC, I will 
get my fls to help me cut it." 
.The little birds told their mother 
all they had hcard. "Do hot , 
said she, "we need liot m_o'e yet:" 
Some days ftl, the far, ner  
again. He said" " I will :ot  
for my friend'. I will cut 
this wheat t,aaïl. '' 



LOVE-APPLES 
" ttave a tomato, "' ?" asked 
G.._., "I thnk yd,ike them." 
" do,' said Mary. "I like them 
mw. I lke hem baled_. ! |ike 
tem, s_ed. . I likethem every. 
way. Did you likc them, Grand- 
ma, when you were little ?" asked 
Mary. , 
"No, I was ten years old bcfore 
Iever saw a tomato," said Grandma. 
" My aunt sent mother some love- 
apple seeds h'Olll the south. 
Mother l)lanted them in  sunny 
spot. In the tidl thc little apple. 
had trned h'om ._.en to red. 
I wanted to ta'_.te the apples , but 
mother wouhl hot let me. She said 
they might make me iii. I said the 



PRIMER 91 

birds eat them and were not iii. 
Just then my 2 came to v 
us. When he saw tl  'hcse al)l)leg'lie 
said" 'Why, sitcr, what fine 
tomato you have l Whcl'e did 
you get thcm ?' 
' Sister ].ent me the seed,' 
said mother.= ' We are afraid to 
eat the apples.' 
Then my uncle did 
|augh. 'Why, tomatoes 
are very good,' said he. 
' Let me gct some ready 
for __p_p_er.' 
That night I eat my 
first tomato." 



92 

PRIMER 

this wigwam was., 

By the shinin.g Big-Sea-Water, 
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis. 
a2k )hi if rose the fo, 
B_.g.ht before it ]9.t the watel, 
B.e_at the  and  water, 
Beat the ghining B ig-ea-Water. 



PRIMER 93 

01d Nokomis ruade him a little 
. In it she put a bed of moss 

and rushes. 
used to say" 
get thee !" 

When he c.d, she 
" Hu... ! the bear will 

The boy lhe names of the 
birds. He |carne(| how thcy built 
their nests in summcr, tIe round 
where they hid themselves il} winter. 
He learned how to talk with them. 
He called them his t. 
He learned-- 

Where the .squirrels hid their aç,9$ , 
How the.rr ran so , 
Why the rabbit was so tin_.m_j. 

He talked with them and called 
them his .rs. I!e learned their 
names and all their . 



94 PRIMER 

When he rew ol.dex, he was given 
a bow and ar_r..o.w.--, He went into 
the woods,but he did hot shoot the 
birds, his chickens. He did not 
shoot the squirels or the rabbits, 
his brothers.-/ 
He hid in the ill the red 
deer came. Then he shot an arro.w 
and the deer fell dead. He carried 
it home to his grand_mother. She 
made a "ea_§t. and everybody came 
and pr_a_ised the boy. 

H_Lu_mP.ty, .Dumj).t.y, di_.çdan, 
Sing hey, sing ho l 
for the gingerbread man l 
With his s_mi] so sweet, 
and his form_ so , 
And his gingerbread ss 
on his gingerbread feet. 



PRIMER 95 

EVENING HYMN 
:Now the day is 
Ni.iht is dra.w...ing 
Shadows .... of the eveve.ç._ Ng ;" 
 1 ,aeros, the.sk.. 

Now the da.rkness gathers, 
.S.tàrs 1,!.,_ o peep; 
Birds, and b(ts, and _flowers 
Soon will be asleep; 

Tbhrî2-,_:g5 the Ion.darkness, 
May the an els s »read 
Their .whi,_t_..6 gs t. c.e me, 
g r_o_u_ndmy ead. 

When the mo.£rn it____s, 
Then« muy Iar. 
P., and ---fresh' and 
In God's hoeyes. 



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